Brands We Love: Blackwing

Sep 8, 2020by Madison Tice

One of the most renowned stationery products out there, Blackwing is our featured brand on this week's Brands We Love! Blackwing has a long history dating back to the 1930s and recently came back to heightened appeal in 2010. 

Blackwing pencils are special for many reasons but one of the most fascinating things about them is their long history. Blackwing pencils first came about in the 1930s and became a favorite pencil of various writers and artists such as Stephen Sondheim, Chuck Jones, John Steinbeck, and others. 

Blackwing was eventually discontinued in the late '90s with many fans collecting anything they could! Then in 2010, CalCedar, a California pencil manufacturer purchased the Blackwing trademark and the legacy continued. Now, Blackwing pencils are enjoyed by customers worldwide. We love carrying these pencils and showcasing the history of the Blackwing brand.

 Blackwing has a staple line of pencils, always available to customers and a limited edition line that releases quarterly. The staple line includes the Palomino Blackwing, the softest of the three core Blackwing models.

Blackwing Pencils - Palomino 

Other core pencils include the Pearl, 602, and Natural. All with varying graphites. One thing we have definitely learned through Blackwing is everyone has a preference when it comes to their favorite pencil! We love them dearly and use them regularly in the shop.

Blackwing Natural - this pencil features the popular extra-firm graphite.

We love their starter kit because it includes three core pencils along with a sharpener and point guards! A great gift for any creative. 

Blackwing Starting Point Set

One of the best aspects of Blackwing pencils are their replaceable erasers. This allows the pencil's lifespan to last longer and it's functionality to live longer than your typical pencil.

Find Blackwing erasers here.

Their limited edition line is amazing! Each quarter, Blackwing "comes out with a new limited edition pencil celebrating the people, places and events that have defined our creative culture. They’ve paid tribute to everything from John Steinbeck’s writing ritual to Ada Lovelace’s contribution to computer science." - Blackwing. 

One of their latest releases we have in the shop is the Blackwing Volume 3 Pencils. The Blackwing 3 is a tribute to Ravi Shankar on his 100th birthday. Ravi taught George Harrison how to play the sitar in the late 1960s. Their collaboration resulted in an explosion in the popularity of classical Indian music and culture in the United States and around the world. It's a wonderful pencil with a fantastic back story! Available as a single pencil or a boxed set of 12.

Limited Edition Blackwing Volume 3 Pencils

And there's more! Their sharper's work wonders not only on Blackwing pencils but all pencils! One of their newest sharpener's is the One-Step Long Point Sharper. The body is made of durable machined aluminum and the sharpening unit features a German steel blade.

Blackwing One-Step Long Pencil Sharpener

If you can't tell we're pretty big fans of Blackwing! Shop all Blackwing products here.